Patricia A. (Tarr) Pottle

  • Born: March 17, 1944
  • Died: February 21, 2021
  • Location: Saugus, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family

Patricia A. "Patti" Pottle, a resident of Saugus, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at the Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Haverhill, at the age of 76.

Patti was born in Melrose on March 17, 1944, one of two children of the late Oliver and Marguerite (DelConte) Tarr. She was raised in Wakefield where she graduated from Wakefield High School, class of 1961. She married the late Bradford H. Pottle on April 19, 1968 and remained in Wakefield for many years until 1980 when they moved to Melrose, and later to Saugus in 1999.

Patti worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies at Boston University. After attending night school for floral design, she opened her own florist shop, Pottle Florist, on Franklin Street in Melrose. In 1979, after many renovations adhering to historical requirements, Patti moved her florist shop to its second location on Main Street, Melrose. Her beautiful seasonal window displays were enjoyed by her customers and many visitors to the Melrose's downtown area. Patti and Brad co-owned Pottle Florist in Melrose and additionally opened Hoffman Florist in Boston, which they co-owned for 25 years until Patti's retirement in 2000.

Patti earned AIFD, CFD and AAF designations and was an active member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) where she ascended through the ranks and ultimately became the organization's President in 1994. Later, Patti received the AIFD Special Award of Recognition in 2012 for her leadership and dedication to the floral industry.

Along with Patti's passion for floral design, she loved all animals. She was a lifelong supporter of many humane societies. Her own dogs, especially her last pup, Mitzi, were very dear to her.

Patti was the beloved wife of the late Bradford H. Pottle with whom she shared 49 years of marriage. She was a caring sister of Wayne Tarr and his wife Maryrose of Wakefield. Caring sister-in-law of the late Nance (Pottle) Hallstrom, and the late Robert Pottle and his surviving wife June of N. Reading. Also lovingly survived by 10 nieces and nephews: Stacy Tarr Connors, Wayne A. Tarr, Nicole Tarr Breslin, Michael Tarr, Christopher Tarr, Craig Hallstrom, Laura Hallstrom Smith, Reba Pottle, Lisa Pottle Bass and Steven Pottle.

Relatives and friends gathered at her gravesite at Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield on February 25, 2021 for a private service in honor and remembrance of Patti's life.

In lieu of donations, and to honor Patti's memory, please purchase a floral arrangement for a loved one in order to support your local florist during this pandemic.


Condolence & Memory Journal

This is going to sound rather strange seeing as how I'm in Ontario Canada. I met Patti on-line at least 20 years ago, so long ago I don't even remember how we connected. She was the greatest "pen pal" anyone could ask for. She was funny and a VERY staunch Republican. I teased her many times about President Trump and she never waivered from her party loyalty. Of course Patti gave it back to me in spades. We were constantly exchanging jokes, yes some were a tad naughty but we both were adults. In fact she was 1 year older than me. She really took Brad's passing hard and when her dog died "Mitzie?" she was heart broken. She hid her remorse pretty well but I could tell she was suffering. It took me till "April 27th to find out why her emails stopped. Finally, after 2+ months of searching, I discovered my fears were sadly true. I know that feeling sad is selfish but I really do miss her. I know that she is with Brad now and that makes me feel better. Rest in peace my very special friend. Dave. :)

Posted by Dave Helmer - Ontario Canada - Friend   May 02, 2021

Patti and I were high school classmates (Wakefield High 1958-1961). She was a very popular girl- was a majorette- She became WHS Class of '61Secretary from about 1971-2015 (approximate dates). She used he communication and managerial skills to help keep everyone in touch as well as organizing reunions. She was very outgoing and thoughtful. We (I am speaking for the class) never realized what a powerhouse she was in the floral industry. She truly donated her time and energy to the Class of '61 out of loyalty and love for her fellow classmates. She will be missed.

Posted by Martin C Graham - WOODSTOCK, CT - Classmate   March 04, 2021

Pat, its been great knowing you for the 6 years since I became your neighbor, thanks for the great conversations/good food/and lots of laughter, It won't be the same around here without you, going to miss you...RIP

Posted by Angelo Orlandella - SAUGUS, MA - neighbor   February 26, 2021

Patti was President of AIFD the year after me. We worked together on AIFD for several years. We usually closed the Symposium hotel bar solving AIFD's challenges while drinking Black Russians. When she was unable to attend, I would order 2 Black Russians and send a photo with both drinks in my hands. That drink will always remind me of so many good times with Patti. AIFD creates life-long friends. So many AIFD members loved her and will miss her - none more than me.

Posted by David Hope AIFD - Washington, DC, DC - Friend   February 25, 2021


40 years ago I met Patti in Springfield, VA at a commentators workshop lead by Herb Mitchell, Eulalah Overmeyer and Michael Polchrones. Many AIFD members were in attendance, Patti was working on her AIFD Portfolio but had never seen a completed Portfolio so I told I would send her mine just to look it over - but not critique it. Patti was inducted into AIFD the following year 1982 in Chicago .... and the rest is history! Patti and I became good friends. She was witty, humorous, loving and loyal ... and could always tell a great story! I will never look at Black Russian and not think of her! She and Brad had a truly Beautiful love story that will live forever! Patti you are Loved!
Scott Acevedo

Posted by Scott Acevedo Aifd - Tustin, CA - Friend   February 25, 2021


40 years ago I met Patti in Springfield,VA at a commentators workshop organized and lead by Herb Mitchell, Eulahah Overmeyer and Michael Polychrones - many AIFD members we win attendance - Patti had her AIFD Portfolio she was working on but had never seen a completed Portfolio. I told her I would send her mine to look it over but please don't evaluate it. She completed her AIFD Portfolio and was accepted into AIFD in Chicago in 1982. Patti and I became good friends ... always meeting up at Symposium .... she was witty, humorous, loving and that laugh! She always had a story to tell and she was loyal to friends! I will never look at a Black Russian and not think of Patti! Patti and Brad had a truly Beautiful love story that will live forever! Patti ... Thank you for the Memories ~ you are the Best!

Posted by Scott Acevedo AIFD - Tustin, CA - Friend   February 25, 2021


Posted by WARREN & MARY RICHARDSON - DRACUT, MA - Friend   February 25, 2021

How I wish I could have talked with you one more time. The world was a better place with you in it. You are missed; you will be missed and remembered for years to come. Rest in Peace My Dear Friend...Hugs, Sharon

Posted by Sharon Leonard - Attleboro,, MA - Friend   February 25, 2021

During her term as President of AIFD, Patti contributed greatly to the further development of the association. Two accomplishments of great importance to her and to the association were the establishment of the Education Committee and the development of AIFD Policies and Procedures. She truly made a difference in AIFD. That difference is still felt today. AIFD Foundation CEO Lynn Lary McLean AIFD

Posted by Lynn Lary McLean - Frisco, TX - Friend   February 25, 2021

I have known Patti and Brad for over 30 years. Getting this news yesterday devastated me. Patti was such a fun, caring, wonderful person. To look at here she seems so proper, but to know her was to see her true side, the funny emails, and stories. I will greatly miss the phone calls from her, and the many conversations around her kitchen table. I was fortunate to have received one of those calls and visited her only a few days before she passed. Certainly Brad will be happy she is joining him, as I'm sure he has needed something up there that only Patti could get for him. Anyone who has spent time with them certainly are better off having known them. I will miss her greatly.

Posted by Glenn Kendall - Medford, MA - Friend   February 24, 2021

Such a loss to the floral industry and especially to AIFD (the American Institute of Floral Designers), Fellow of the Institute and Past President 94'/95'. We have the entire family in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jackie Lacey AIFD National President - Jacksonville, FL - Friend   February 24, 2021

Pat and I were cousins who reconnected years ago. I will miss her laughter, wit and her selflessness, she always worried about family and friends. Condolences to Wayne and family.

Posted by Grace Lyons - Wellington, FL - Family   February 24, 2021


So much life; so much joy she gave to others. Such a sense of humor and that LAUGH! Much Love, Chuck

Posted by Chuck Greif - Coconut Creek, FL - Coworker   February 24, 2021


She is now resting in peace

Posted by Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH - Acquaintance   February 23, 2021

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